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Nunez wins Walter Hayes Trophy

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted November 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm Team Canada Scholarship, Team USA Scholarship

Team USA Scholarship driver Tristan Nunez celebrates his wet-weather win during the 2012 Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone. (photo: Jeff Bloxham)

After three laps were completed in Sunday’s Walter Hayes Trophy Grand Final at Silverstone, Team USA’s Tristan Nunez had gained four positions and was closing in on the top-two drivers — both three-time winners of the ultra-competitive Formula Ford race — Peter Dempsey and Joey Foster. The track was wet. Very wet.

For the first time, perhaps, Nunez could envision himself taking the checkered flag ahead of all 120-drivers aspiring to do so. With two laps remaining, Dempsey and Foster tangled at Beckett’s corner handing the lead to Nunez.

Now the dream was becoming a reality. Still, the 17-year-old had to hold off Formula Ford Festival winner Ivor McCullough and Superleague Formula champ John Martin. McCullough briefly led before Nunez reclaimed the point with Martin slipping into second place.

From there, it was all Nunez as the Team USA driver efficiently drove to a 0.278-second advantage on the 1.639-mile Silverstone National Circuit. Piloting a Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GR08, Nunez became the third Team USA driver to win the WHT — Conor Daly won in 2008 and Connor De Phillippi won in 2009. It was the sixth victory for Cliff Dempsey Racing.

Fellow Team USA Scholarship driver Jack Mitchell Jr. drove a solid race advancing from 15th to 10th in the 12-lap final. Team Canada’s Garett Grist also logged an impressive drive finishing eighth.

Nunez set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 7, touring the drenched track in 1:09.877. Robert Hall was fourth with Falco Wauer completing the top five. Click here for FULL RESULTS (pdf).

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